The Eye Creatures
Sound and video quality is fairly poor as this came from a very old video tape.
John Ashley...Stan Kenyon
Cynthia Hull...Susan Rogers
Warren Hammack...Lt. Robertson
Chet Davis...Mike Lawrence
Bill Peck...Carl Fenton
Paul W. Fairman
Robert J. Gurney Jr.
James A. Sullivan....production manager
Hillman Taylor....second unit director
Bruce Shearin....sound supervisor
Melvin Clark...key grip
Ted Liles II...camera operator
Subject: correct address for nice color version
Subject: HOW ABOUT COLOR????
Subject: Color version is at...
Subject: Tasty piece of cheese
Subject: Color! Please!
It is a really poorly rewritten version of the (already poor) screenplay from "Invasion of the Saucer Men). The acting is even worse than in the original and the effects are just staggeringly bad. This film contains what may be the worst day-for-night shooting in history - and, in the field of horror and SF, the competition is pretty stiff. Honestly, there is nothing good or even competent about this movie except... The monsters.
The monster suits are these blobby white shapes suggesting a figure made of bleached intestines or giant pustules (!!Or, maybe, a conglomeration of white eyeballs!!!) with a huge gaping maw which looks big enough to swallow your head! OK! Sounds kinda scary! But, bizzarrely enough, there are long sequences in which you can clearly see that several of the monsters are wearing black tights with just the monster head on. There are full body suits used elsewhere in the film, but apparently they weren't available for key scenes and they just went ahead and shot with what they had... The effect is wonderfully bad.
Subject: So bad it's good
Subject: Interesting for reasons other than its quality
The Eye Creatures (1965)
Larry Buchanan, a Texas-based schlock filmmaker, was contracted in the 1960s by American International Pictures to produce and direct several features that the company could release directly to the seemingly bottomless pit of television. AIP gave him free reign to plagiarize their past properties, and The Eye Creatures is what happened when Larry decided to remake Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957). Despite the fact that entire scenes are copied word for word from Invasion, this version possesses none of the charm, humor or fun of the original. Instead, we get a 30-year-old John Ashley playing a teenager, a supporting cast of non-actors, static (non)direction, inconsistent day-for-night photography (black night sky alternating with shots of blue noonday sky in the same scene), and, worst of all, ridiculous, pitiful, ineffectual monsters. The original Saucermen, with their huge bulbous heads, bug-eyes and leathery, veined skin, are an icon of "50s monster movies. The Eye Creatures look like the Michelin Tire Man on acid doing a bad Frankenstein's Monster imitation. The scene in which they weakly try to get into a car with a crowbar is simply pitiful. And 'pitiful' is the operative word for this entire tired mess. Watch Invasion of the Saucer Men again instead.
Films by Buchanan in the series of color remakes of B&W AIP "classics" for TV syndication include ZONTAR-THING FROM VENUS and CURSE OF THE SWAMP CREATURE, among others. They're all good, rancid fun to watch.
Subject: MOVIE SUCKS
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